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June 24, 2013

Hicks’ star shining bright at ULL

BRIDGE CITY —

Everyone close to Bridge City baseball remembers the name Matt Hicks.

He is the young man who started at the varsity level the moment he was in high school and seemed to never leave the field.

He played shortstop, he pitched and by the end of his career he was one of the Cardinals top batters.

When Hicks did something special while wearing the red and white, nobody was ever surprise.

What might surprise Bridge City fans is Hicks is about to be a senior in college. He is the closer for the Ragin Cajuns team. The Ragin Cajuns went 43-20 this year after going 23-30 a year ago.

Hicks accomplished quite the feat this past year as he became the University of Louisiana-Lafayett’e all-time career saves leader. Hicks appeared in 30 games as a junior and had 11 saves while striking out 25 batters in 42.2 innings of work.

Yet once again Bridge City fans will remember Matt is not going to talk up Matt’s performances on the baseball diamond.

“Being the saves leader is cool but it means nothing if we are not winning,” Hicks said. “If we are winning is all that matters to me.”

Hicks has kept a busy schedule while at ULL. He will put in 160 hours of classes while also juggling being a part of the baseball team. He will graduate with degrees in Biology and Chemistry while also holding a minor in Psychology. 

So how does a young man do it? How does a 22-year-old keep up a high grade point average while also shining bright on the mound?

“It is all about timing,” Hicks said. “If you manage your time right you can do it. My coaches have been so supportive of my studies. There are a lot of times I do not get out of classes until 4 or 5  p.m. and cannot make practice. They know I am not lazy and I still work out and make sure to put in my time on the baseball field.”

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